The boss of the elite Hawks investigating unit, Godfrey Lebeya, has painted a dire picture of its resourcing constraints, saying the unit is operating at less than 50% capacity, which may impede its ability to tackle the myriad cases before it.

The Directorate of Priority Crime Investigations (DPCI), as the Hawks is formally known, is responsible for probing high-priority crimes — including the multibillion-rand fraud at Steinhoff, once Europe’s second-biggest furniture retailer — to enable the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to institute criminal prosecutions...

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